*Submitted for review by author*
Genre: Contemporary/erotic romance
Vanessa Clark is doing a research paper for one of her last classes – Psychology of Sex – before receiving her Bachelors’ degree. Once she discovers the topic of BDSM, everything else pales in comparison. But where will she learn about it? The Internet has its limits, and Vanessa needs to talk to real-life practitioners of BDSM to really understand the lifestyle and write about it.
Will Astin, who serves as a dungeon master at a local BDSM club, doesn’t expect to find a gorgeous, irresistible young woman when he agrees to a meet and greet with a college student as a favor to the club’s owner. Even better, she’s interested in learning about BDSM for what he suspects are more than scholarly reasons, and Will decides he’s just the man to teach her about it, hopefully claiming her for his own.
Will and Vanessa begin a journey which teaches both of them there’s more to BDSM than meets the eye. In the process, they grow closer, but when Will’s job puts him in the line of fire – literally – their roles are reversed and Vanessa has to take charge. Can they handle the rapid shift in their burgeoning dynamic, or is their relationship doomed?
After seeing some rave reviews for this read I had high hopes and high expectations, I will reveal that I was not let down one bit. The characters were amazing and each had such strong personalities that leapt off the page and the plot was so well written, it flowed perfectly and I couldn’t stop reading once I started.
I loved when we got to see the vulnerable side of Will, how Vanessa stepped up to the plate and became more dominant herself over Will to not allow him to push her away, to get him to move past the trauma of what had happened to him.
I didn’t want this read to end, I wanted to keep reading, to keep seeing the relationship between Will and Vanessa grow, to see Vanessa learn more about Will as a dominant and her as a submissive and their experiences together.
On a side note, I hope one of the side characters, Rod, gets a book soon. He seems like such a great character and I would enjoy reading about his perfect match. I’d give this read a solid 5 stars.